Webinar Archive

Webinar Archive


Building a Foundation of Police-Community Reconciliation to Address Intimate Partner Violence

Building a Foundation of Police-Community Reconciliation to Address Intimate Partner Violence

This workshop outlines the NNSC’s approach to address the crisis of trust between survivors of intimate partner violence (IPV) and law enforcement. Mistrust jeopardizes safety, with less than half of survivors willing to report victimization to law enforcement, and those who do, often find themselves disillusioned with the criminal justice process.

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How Can We Improve the Criminal Justice System Response for Transgender Victims?

How Can We Improve the Criminal Justice System Response for Transgender Victims?

This interactive workshop will analyze intrinsic and extrinsic barriers within the criminal justice system which hinder the reporting of sexual and domestic abuse by transgender victims. The presenters will share their insight on identifying these barriers as they exist in everyday processes and providing practical solutions for the removal of obstacles while providing ideas and suggestions for advocating and supporting transgender victims. Some topics to be covered include which line does the transgender victim enter at the courthouse, male or female; the use of pronouns, and housing safety issues.

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Domestic Violence “Grown Old”: Challenges Responding to Victims of Domestic Abuse in Later Life

Domestic Violence “Grown Old”: Challenges Responding to Victims of Domestic Abuse in Later Life

This presentation covers the applicable rules of evidence and relevant case law associated with proving a technology-facilitated stalking case and will provide strategies on when and how to introduce technical evidence and overcome common objections at trial.

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Bringing Sexual Violence Trauma-Informed Services Behind Bars: Getting a PREA Program off the Ground

Bringing Sexual Violence Trauma-Informed Services Behind Bars: Getting a PREA Program off the Ground

In this workshop, using HAWC’s efforts to develop and sustain the expanded PREA programming in the greater Houston area, participants will learn about the critical need for and potential ways to create a PREA program, as well as best practices for working collaboratively with detention facility administration and staff. Because this programming connects to long-term social justice goals, the workshop also will include information about supporting survivors upon reentry. Participants also will have the opportunity to view the HAWC-Harris County Sheriff’s Office short film, Your Rights As An Inmate: Responding to and Reporting Sexual Abuse and Sexual Harassment. This collaboratively written and produced film is a powerful example of resource advocacy. The film features HAWC and Harris County Jail staff, as well as testimony from incarcerated survivors.

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Bridging the Gap: Providing Victim Outreach Services Through the Pretrial Phase

Bridging the Gap: Providing Victim Outreach Services Through the Pretrial Phase

The presentation will provide an overview of the previously Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) funded grant project that is now permanently funded by the Denver Police Department. The project, now called the Pretrial Victim Services Unit, is a collaboration of the Victim Assistance Unit within the Denver Police Department and Denver Pretrial Services and is the first of its kind in the country.

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Procedural Justice: Leveling the Playing Field for Victims of Crime

Procedural Justice: Leveling the Playing Field for Victims of Crime

The court system contains challenges that victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, elder or child abuse experience when navigating the court process. Due process requires that those coming before the court system have notice and an opportunity to be heard. However, certain victims may experience barriers to accessing justice.

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A Community Human Trafficking Model in Action – Baltimore City’s Blue Dot Program

A Community Human Trafficking Model in Action – Baltimore City’s Blue Dot Program

This unique program ensures that victims of human trafficking do not fall through the cracks and makes sure that quality services are provided to the survivor 24/7/365.

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Advocacy at the Intersections of Domestic Violence, Housing and Homelessness

Advocacy at the Intersections of Domestic Violence, Housing and Homelessness

The session will lay a foundation for understanding housing-related needs and explore strategies for providing individual and system level advocacy. Resources will also be provided on where to learn more about domestic violence, housing, and homelessness, as well as best practices and promising programs that help meet those needs. Additionally, participants will learn about the Domestic Violence and Housing Technical Assistance Consortium – an innovative national endeavor currently underway. The Consortium, launched in 2015, provides training, technical assistance, and resource development at the critical intersection between domestic violence/sexual assault services and homeless services/housing and it is funded by a unique partnership between the US Department of Justice, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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US Center for SafeSport: Utilizing a Community Approach to Support Athlete Victims

US Center for SafeSport: Utilizing a Community Approach to Support Athlete Victims

Through this presentation, the Center will address the complex nature of an investigation and the intersection between law enforcement, victim advocacy, and sport. The Center will discuss the current and future outreach efforts it has taken to connect law enforcement, NGBs, and victim advocacy. In addition, the center will highlight the importance of connecting victims with advocacy early in the process, with additional support from law enforcement and intake support functions throughout the process. The presenter will outline that process and reflect on how each role intersects and coordinates with the other systems, to put victims first. The specific topics of discussion will include coordination of parallel investigations and working with victims.

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Cops are from Mars, Advocates are from Venus

Cops are from Mars, Advocates are from Venus

This workshop will be taught by an advocate and a law enforcement professional who believe we are far more effective when we serve our communities together rather than separately in our own silos. Presenters and attendees alike will be challenged to examine their own biases of their fellow public servants so that we know where improvements can be made. Attendees of this workshop will be given real world examples of collaborative approaches from victim advocates and law enforcement, and be shown how to work more cohesively to achieve that success.

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